Jennifer asks how one does low carb during lent...
Well, there are ways to do the Metabolism Miracle Diet as a vegetarian or a vegan. Tofu is allowed on the diet. Seitan (a meat substitute based on gluten) is also available. Many of the things like veggie crumbles (aka soy) are low carb. Shrimp, scallops, etc. are low carb. Veggies are low carb.
Personally, I don't feel very comfortable eating processed soy foods and I try to avoid them.
That being said, many of us ARE pre-diabetic or have had a doctor tell us to cut the carbs (I know I have, Oh, if only I'd listen!) and in such cases one has that chat with one's priest and one does what one is told (Oh, if only I'd listened!).
Because I've been told to eat the way my doctor told me to, and the whole "lenten excuse" has been, for me, to eat all my favorite foods in the name of fasting. Bread. Pasta. Cookies. Crackers. Potatoes. Carbs.
So here's the thing: Don't look at what is on someone else's plate during lent, to judge what they are or are not eating. One does not know what their particular obedience is. Someone may appear very "righteous" and be eating a slice of bread with jelly, and be actually disobedient. I'm speaking of myself here with the vorbidden bread.
So, fasting is difficult and I almost hesitate to write these things in such a public way, but I suppose if I can share my own struggle and thereby help someone else either feel "not alone in the struggle" or to inspire someone to do better than myself, its good.
What I usually do is cut out red meat and poultry and stick with fish and eggs and veggies and cheese. It may not seem like much of a "fast" but it is very very difficult, especially considering there's no bread or pasta or potatoes to be had. And yes, my priest has told me I should do what my doctor has told me to do. Now I just have to actually do it instead of making excuses to indulge myself in my own passions that outwardly look better than they inwardly are.